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Man Arrested for Racist Rant on Flight

Police arrested a man Monday after his racist outburst on a flight landing at the Salt Lake City International Airport, FOX 13 reports.

A passenger said the outburst occurred on an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles that landed in Salt Lake City. In one of three videos, the man can be seen yelling at the crew members and standing up while the plane is still in the air, ABC 4 reports.

Dennis Busch, the passenger who captured videos of the incident, said the man became upset when he saw an Asian woman stand up because she was suffering from back issues.

According to FOX 13, Busch wrote in an Instagram post that the man told flight attendants that the Asian woman and her companion “didn’t belong here.”

“After asking him to calm down the man went into a complete meltdown of racist, sexist and belligerent comments, culminating in his arrest at the gate,” Busch wrote. “We were lucky to have such a well trained crew who kept their cool throughout the flight!”

Police have identified the man as Timothy Armstrong, 61, of Las Vegas. The airport confirmed he was arrested, taken to a hospital and cited for public intoxication.

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